Sarah Goss: 'Massively exciting' to make Commonwealth Games team

Nigel Yalden,
Publish Date
Wednesday, 21 March 2018, 4:17PM

Black Ferns Seven Captain Sarah Goss talking at the naming of the Commonwealth Games squad in Mount Maunganui.

The Black Ferns Sevens will be odds-on for Commonwealth Games gold after naming a steely 13-strong squad.

Led by Black Ferns stalwarts including Portia Woodman, Sarah Goss and Kelly Brazier, the team contains nine 2016 Rio Olympics silver-medallists.

It's the first time women's rugby sevens have been named as a Commonwealth Games sport, and the Kiwis are gunning for an historic gold.

Coach Allan Bunting said signs were promising.

"You can't beat experience when it comes to a pinnacle event and that was part of what we looked at when selecting the squad - players that understand how exciting and busy an event like this is," Bunting said.

"The Commonwealth Games is second only to the Olympics for us as an opportunity to inspire young women rugby players."

New Zealand will face Canada, South Africa and Kenya in the Games' pool play, with the top two sides in each group to progress to the semi-finals.

BLACK FERNS SEVENS: Portia Woodman, Stacey Waaka, Shakira Baker, Sarah Goss, Ruby Tui, Theresa Fitzpatrick, Tyla Nathan-Wong, Kat Whata-Simpkins, Kelly Brazier, Gayle Broughton, Niall Williams, Michaela Blyde. RESERVE: Tenika Willison.


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